in any way whatever.
in any case; at all events.
in a careless manner; haphazardly.

Origin of anyhow

First recorded in 1730–40; any + how1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of anyhow

Historical Examples of anyhow

  • She wa'n't meant fur it—and I'd rather have her marry an American, anyhow.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • If we get him this appointment, it will be ample compensation, anyhow.


    William J. Locke

  • We'll suppose yet a while, anyhow, as how he's a lookin' arter us.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • "Anyhow, it doesn't matter much," Dick replied, quite unabashed.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Well, anyhow, he's here so much we ought to be chargin' him for his meal-ticket.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for anyhow



in any case; at any rate
in any manner or by any means whatever
in a haphazard manner; carelessly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for anyhow

1740, from any + how (adv.). Unlike the cases of most other any + (interrogative) compounds, there is no record of it in Old or Middle English. Emphatic form any old how is recorded from 1900, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper